No. 5 Nebraska volleyball falls to No. 4 Texas in Elite Eight

For the first time, Nebraska volleyball won't be a part of a NCAA Tournament Final Four in Omaha.

OMAHA, Neb, (KLKN) — For the first time, Nebraska volleyball won’t be a part of a NCAA Tournament Final Four in Omaha.

The 5th-seeded Huskers fell to No. 4 Texas (25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 25-21) in four sets on Monday at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. The Longhorns advance to the national semifinals while Nebraska ends its season with a 15-3 overall record.

Madi Kubik led the way with 15 kills for the Huskers. Logan Eggelston and Skylar Fields combined for 36 kills for the Longhorns.

POST MATCH NOTES

  • Nebraska ended its season with a 16-3 record, with all three losses coming to opponents currently ranked in the top eight of the AVCA poll.
  • Nebraska fell to 118-34 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, but the Huskers still rank second in NCAA history in postseason wins and winning percentage (.776).
  • Nebraska dropped to 15-15 all-time in NCAA Regional Final matches.
  • John Cook fell to 85-22 in his NCAA Tournament career. He ranks third in NCAA history in career postseason victories.
  • John Cook is now 77-17 in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska’s head coach. His .819 winning percentage at Nebraska is the top mark in NCAA history among any coach with at least 20 NCAA Tournament matches at one school.
  • Nebraska had nine service aces, its second-highest total of the season.
  • The Huskers’ .171 attacking percentage was their second-lowest mark of the season.
  • Lauren Stivrins had seven kills on a .357 attack percentage against Texas. In her four seasons at Nebraska, Stivrins owns a school-record .396 career hitting percentage in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Lauren Stivrins finished the 2020-21 season with a .468 attack percentage. Her .468 hitting percentage was the second-best season hitting percentage in school history, falling just short of Tracy Stall’s record (.473 in 2007).
  • Texas hit .336, the first time in 25 matches a Husker opponent has hit .300.
  • An opponent has hit .300 against Nebraska only three times in the past 12 NCAA Tournaments dating back to 2009, and each time it has been Texas. In addition to hitting .336 tonight, the Longhorns hit .321 in the 2016 NCAA Semifinal and .342 in the 2009 NCAA Regional Final.
  • Texas had eight service aces in the match, an opponent high for the 2020-21 season.

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